In one of the other large gardens, the more wildlife friendly owners had refilled their feeders, these were visited by a few GOLDFINCH, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, NUTHATCH, and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, plus in the nearby Alder trees a flock of six SISKIN were feeding, a GREEN WOODPECKER made up the interest as it fed on the lawn. Across the way, in the Scrubby Woods, a COAL TIT called, and several BULLFINCH were heard.
Next stop was the Tree Nursery and Pub Field, which were both devoid of any bird life at all, not really surprising in the now blustery and rainy conditions, a KESTREL did go over as I left to have a look around the Greenhouse Complex Grounds, and a last scan of the sky towards the lakes, provided me with views of two CORMORANT dropping in - the idiot groundsman must of gone home!
Unfortunately there was a work crew in the Greenhouse Grounds, so that was only good for seeing the likes of BLACKBIRDS, DUNNOCKS, ROBINS, WRENS and PIED WAGTAILS, however, I got chatting to the foreman there, and he tells me that they are likely to be taking over the Tree Nursery lease, which runs out for the present tenants in April. He reckons it will be used for arable for a couple of years, before being used to propagate plants, probably raspberries, this might be good news indeed for the butterflies, birds, and wildlife there at present, as it would at least not revert to sheep pasture! Another plus is that the field would be managed with the enviroment in mind, 5 meter wildflower margins and minimal mowing - excellent if it comes off :-)
That bit of news cheered me no end as I walked home, despite the rain and wind, it's the first positive thing thats happened in the area for years, fingers crossed!
Not a day for the camera again :-( so i'll put up the final few of my garden bird photo's taken on Monday just gone.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker ( had 3 in the garden as I ate lunch today)|